SAT Reading 6.1 Passage Comparison

SAT Reading: Passage Comparison Drill 6, Problem 1

Analyzing text structureAnalyzing overall text structure
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SAT ReadingPassage Comparison
SynthesisAnalyzing multiple texts

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The first one is all about the author's big day at the opening of the American Indian

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museum, which apparently is an awesome place.

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The second passage is more focused on a bunch of different historical sites all around the

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country that have given scientists insight into America's original inhabitants.

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Now that we've got that straight in our heads, we're ready to start eliminating answers.

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Sure, Passage 1 discusses a museum. But, while

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Passage 2 does mention archaeologists from universities...

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It doesn't spend a lot of time talking about the universities themselves. So... we can

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get rid of choice (A). Yeah, the first passage is all about the Museum

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of the American Indian, but the second passage doesn't even talk about it.

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Choice (C) is out of the running. Author 1 obviously has a major crush on the

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museum that he visited.

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So, we don't have to read any further to know that (D) is incorrect.

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Neither passage makes a big deal about whether or not the authors are Native American, though

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it really seems like they aren't, since they never use the word "we" when talking

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about the natives.

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Either way, (E) doesn't make the cut.

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Figuring out point of view is all about checking for pronouns. So let's give the passages a

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quick once-over:

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Passage 1 uses "I" and recounts one person's experience, while Passage 2 discusses research

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without referring to the author's own perspective.

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With our perspective check complete, we're sure that (B) is the best choice.

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Sometimes all you need to solve a problem is a little perspective...